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Hey guys. I need help formatting my cover.

The instruction reads, "The spine width is based on the number of pages in your book."


I used Vellum to generate the PDF interior and there are 70 pages. Does this mean my book has 70 pages? Or should I count page 1 and page 2 as "One Page" when calculating the spine since page 1 and 2 is technically on a one sheet of paper? Please help.

Thanks in advance.

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Do you want to write a Good Fantasy Novel?



If aspiring authors follow these steps, they’ll be sure to optimize their writing skills.


1. Don’t Read. Devour.



That’s right. Before you lift a pen or lay a finger on that keyboard you need to do some reading. The best way for any writer to improve his or her craft is to read, so start tearing your way through those books. Even if you consider yourself well read, there is simply too much fantastic material out there, and every year more is being published.


2. Research Potential Book Markets


I know you want to write and tell an original story, and that you didn’t come here to do some boring fact checking. This is always the most difficult part for me too.


At the end of the day writing a fantasy novel and selling it is still a business, and if you want to be successful, you need to see what the currently trending authors are doing right.


Pay attention to what genres are selling, and what it is about each series that makes it so successful. Do fans fall in love with the characters or the complex plot twists? Although it is important to produce your own unique ideas, poking around success stories can always offer inspiration or give you an idea of what the market is getting excited about.


3. Try a Fresh Perspective



The way your story is told has a huge impact on how it unfolds in the mind of the reader. First of all you need to decide from what viewpoint the reader will experience the story. Will we be seeing through the eyes of a single character, or multiple? Will all of these characters be human? Will it be written in first or third person (since second-person is seldom used)?


A specific type of point of view can be chosen to allow the writer to intentionally leave bits of information out, in order to increase suspense and surprise the reader later on. Deciding on which viewpoint to use can impact how you choose to progress your plot, so it is important to make this choice early.



4. Map Out the Lineage of your Series



Will this novel be a standalone? In this case the world you create and the characters in it must be introduced and developed much more quickly in order to allow room for plot progression.



5. Paint Your Characters



You don’t need a canvas or palette for this next step, only a pen with some ink. Describe each one of your characters with as many words as you can think of on a piece of paper. As an author you must have a very vivid picture of what you are creating for the reader.



If you are artistically inclined, sketching out pictures of your characters can be a useful tool. For the more analytical of writers I have found Excel to be an extremely handy method of organizing characters. You can map out physical traits, where their loyalty falls in your world, whatever special abilities they may possess, or any other aspects important to the story you are telling.



6. Build Your Setting



The world you create is the place your readers should be transported to every time they open your book. This means vivid descriptions to make the experience as realistic as possible for the reader. Their introduction to this world should not just be physical, however — think about all of the differences that an entire new world would contain.



Here are some possible variations to consider when building your world:


    What is the infrastructure of your world like?

    How do your characters communicate or travel?

    Is this world full of tranquility or constantly warring factions?

    Are there different cultures at play here?

    How do they interact and function differently than we do in ours?


There are a number of nuances that are easy to overlook when creating a new world, so be careful to cover as many plot holes as you can conceive.



7. Don’t Beat it to Death


So you hit your stride and everything is working in perfect harmony. Relatable characters, gripping plot points, and an immersive setting. You fell so madly in love with your creation that you decide to pump out one extra book, then another, then one more.


Here’s a warning: Don’t muddy your original idea by trying to keep it alive for too long.



However, it’s important to keep concepts fresh, or eventually your readers will get tired of the same show with a different background. It’s important to never fear cutting the umbilical cord and moving on to your next series.



8. It’s a Process, Not a Checklist



The whole point of writing a fantasy novel is to feed on creative energy, so never be afraid to explore something new. Writing a novel is not like taking a Scantron test; there are no right or wrong answers.



Although researching what other authors have done right can help, the reason these books were successful is because they were innovative.



So dare to be different, to be bold, to never hold yourself back. Who knows, you might come up with a whole new genre of fantasy …




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Posted by Dave56 Jul 7, 2018

Are all pictures done on a separate page from the actual text and then uploaded with the text when ready to submit for publishing?



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Where can I find help in making sure my book has been formatted and in uploading pictures to my book for publishing?  Very confused

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On my account and anyone I work with, the permanent message for all browsers is that I have to load flash.  Well, guess, what?  All my browsers have flash loaded yet I get this message on all browsers and all the computers I have access to.  This behavior is abyssmal and insulting.  Is there any browser this works on?  I want to see a proof of my cover, but createspace is permanently blocking this ability.  Does anybody know of a work around.  I have tried installing flash on browsers but it refuses to install stating that its installation is not allowed.  Createspace still pretends I don't have flash installed on the browsers it is installed on (Chrome).  Why is Createspace deliberately blocking me from viewing my cover in any possible way?

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Where to indicate "6th Edition"?

Posted by Waiki May 11, 2018

For the sixth edition of my textbook I am moving over to Createspace from a different custom publisher.  Should I add "6th Edition" to the title, put it in as a subtitle, or as a Volume number?  Thanks.

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Hello. This is John Thornton

Posted by GOD1980 May 4, 2018

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God is My Hero by John Oliver Winston Thornton is a very good book that needs to be 9 dollars a copy and a dollar on kdp.
I think I can get that right. But I suffer from amnisia. Please yall. H
elp me by helping you because you will have read the best book a guy with amnisia has ever written!lol

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I tried to upload the description and bio of my book Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study, CPAP Machine many tims and I got this error code. only print printable words. I even tried creating a new book and I got the same results. I tried and tried and called several times to customer service and spoke to several people but nobody could help me until the last call. I was very frustrated and I couldn't believe this but the guy that I was talking to finally said something I could relate too. I always copy and past from my book onto the Create Space Template I have done this many times for several different books.  He said it was the formatting.

I went back to my document and cleared the formatting and then copy and pasted onto the template and it worked. Yes.

Linda Meckler, author

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I've finished formatting my manuscript and although I have Createspace's 6x9 format I can't get the Table of Contents to line up properly.

Is there anyone out there that provides this service and is familiar with Createspace?

Thanks JArae111

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Hi everyone,


I have just made my presentation and already have a question that seems to not be answered. What are the best fonts for Self-help book (science, esoterism). I have seen here and there the popular fonts like Minion Pro or Garamond but I think they are good for novels, science-fiction book and son on and so forth. It doesn't look serious enough on a self-help book, right ?


So here I come to you CreateSpace community Do you have any idea what fonts are "standards" for this kind of books ? I wrote mine with Time New Romans font (11.5) but I wonder if I can find a better one.


Thank you so much for your time!!




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